Eleanor’s Nursery

OK. Let me start by saying that I love my glider. LOVE IT. It takes up half the nursery but it’s my favorite spot in the house. I nurse in it, I rock in it, I sleep in it.

Eleanor's Nursery

Our changing table is just a changing pad set atop bookshelves with doors. The pink flower knobs help the unit look like it belongs in a little girl’s nursery instead of an office space (which is what it’s meant for). Also, I’m glad my mom recommended getting a lamp with a dimmer. I can have just enough light to change and nurse Eleanor when she wakes in the middle of the night, but I can keep it dark enough to signal that it is still nighttime (and that she should be sleeping!).

Eleanor's Nursery

Behind the bookshelves you can see the closet and its little built-in shelves. Quite a while back, I had decided to fill those shelves with wooden blocks and spools. I’ve also added a vintage pull-toy that I picked up at a garage sale and a name train that we received as a gift. We’ll have to remove some of these toys once we really start baby-proofing, but for now they all look cute.

Wooden Blocks and Toys

Here’s a view of the other side of the room.

Eleanor's Nursery

Both Brandon and I slept in Jenny Lind cribs when we were babies, and now our daughter does too.

Jenny Lind Crib

I bought the mobile that’s hanging above the cribthe mobile that’s hanging above the crib a few months ago with the intention of altering it slightly because it was far too big. It’s now much better suited to the small scale of our nursery.

Mobile in Eleanor's Nursery

We have some paper suitcases from my shop on top of the dresser that we painted pink. There’s also a big metal ‘E’ and a pink vase from a garage sale, along with Brandon’s childhood stuffed bear. He loved that bear so much he hugged the stuffing out of the middle! It’s incredibly sweet, and we hope Eleanor will love it as much as he did.

Eleanor's Nursery

The little sunken alcove next to the dresser will be a play space for Eleanor once she’s old enough. I wrote a little more about that back in January.

Toys in Eleanor's Nursery

And now I’ll leave you with this parting shot, the view from the doorway…

Eleanor's Nursery

I’ve listed all of the nursery resources in a previous post, so take a look if you’re wondering where something in the room came from. Thanks for letting me share Eleanor’s nursery with you!

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  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    June 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    So pretty! Perfect for a baby girl!

  • andrea gutierrez
    June 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    how very sweet! i love the mobile and her name spelled out…

  • Amanda
    June 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    This is beautiful :) congrats!

  • Anna
    June 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous…what a happy, soothing, restorative room for all of you. So many elements of the room can be repurposed when she gets older. You should be proud!

  • robin
    June 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    that crib and bedding is DELICIOUS! i love how you didn’t go crazy with a theme, just made it a beautiful room with your typical great design. love it!

  • lindsaywillman
    June 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful. You’re a lovely inspiration.

  • rachel
    June 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    just amazing! you are so talented and did so much with a small space. Eleanor is a lucky girl! xoxo

  • Gràcia
    June 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It’s a beautiful space.

  • Laura
    June 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    What a peaceful and pretty space. Thank you for sharing!

  • lesley
    June 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    this is just lovely. what a sweet and gentle room you’ve made for you little girl, i’m sure she must love it.

  • Valerie from Studio Rose Flash
    June 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It’s totally worth the wait :) Soothing, girly and sophisticated. You did a beautiful job!

  • Kristina @ my heart behaves
    June 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I’m loving it! It’s funny how many things Eleanor and I have in common in our rooms! :)

  • kristen
    June 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    beauutiful! i love all the non-baby-intended items that you included in the room. keeps it fresh…i love it, of course! :)

  • JJB
    June 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    so sweet!!

  • michelle
    June 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    It’s beautiful but I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

  • Erin
    June 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This is such a peaceful place. I love it so much! Eleanor has a great space.

  • kim
    June 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    it is lovely

  • Leslie
    June 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    A great glider is key. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in mine. Beautiful room!

  • Sarah
    June 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    What a lovely little room for a sweet little girl. I love how your dresser matches the pink accessories on top! I’ve been voting for you every day on the BHG website. Glad to see you’re back in first place!

  • Sherry @ This Young House
    June 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Gorgeous! I especially love that you altered that awesome Ikea mobile- and the vintage toys (and Brandon’s bear) are so sweet.

    Sherry (& John)

  • justme
    June 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm


  • Fila11
    June 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Is that an Ikea’s Lersta floor lamp next to the glider? Have you painted it white?

  • Danyelle
    June 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Such a sweet space! Thanks for sharing.

  • Krissy
    June 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Oh wow, the nursery looks so wonderful! It’s very cheery and whimsical! Great job; I’m sure it will be loved by Eleanor for many years. :D

    I would hate to see your spools and blocks disappear in the baby-proofing. Is there perhaps a way you guys can install a glass door that locks over that area so the items can stay, while still being safe for little Eleanor as she begins to roam around?

  • Ana
    June 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    It IS lovely! I hope those nursing sessions in the glider have gotten easier for you.

  • Audrie
    June 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I love everything about the nursery! It’s pretty without being too cutesy, and I love its light, airy feel. Eleanor’s one lucky little girl :) Well done!

  • Cindy
    June 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Everything looks perfectly girly. :) Love what you did w/ the space!

  • Clarity
    June 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Such a warming and peaceful room. I also adore your Eleanor in the picture below with the BEST t-shirt I’ve seen in a while.

  • Inspired Events
    June 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm


  • Denise
    June 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    You’re so smart to have a comfy glider and a place to prop up your feet in the nursery. The Orleans rug looks like a soft billowy cloud. Eleanor will love her sweet little room!

  • Joi
    June 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Love it all. I really like the crib bedding and the paint color.

  • Yansy
    June 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Everything is so sweet, fit for a little princess. I’m sure Eleanor will be grateful when she gets older to have had the most fabulous and modern pink nursery ever. Congrats, it looks adorable.

  • Janis
    June 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful! Perfectly designed in your signature style. I love it!

  • French furniture
    June 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It’s calm and pretty. Really ideal!

  • Melanie
    June 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    What a lucky, lucky little girl. It’s really beautiful.

  • Melanie
    June 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    What a lucky, lucky little girl. It’s really beautiful.

  • moderneve
    June 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    i just posted about your nursery…thanks for sharing – it’s so beautiful! and i am so impressed how simple and clean you’ve left it. one of my greatest fears about having a child is all the clutter they come with diapers, bottles, way too many toys…)

  • Bethany
    June 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm


  • Amber Enea
    June 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Stunning! It looks so soothing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anita
    June 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I love it! So peaceful and you probably love it just like i love my nursery. i go in there and am totally relaxed!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints
    June 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Oh Nicole I just love her nursery. You did really good. I absolutely love the rocker. Great job!!

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I love, LOVE this nursery. Great job!

  • Keri
    June 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    What a beautiful and serene nursery! I love it all!!

  • Rebekah
    June 9, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Incredibly sweet. Certainly a lovely place for a little girl to grow, learn and dream.

  • erin
    June 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    adorable! i bet eleanor is one happy baby! hopefully she’ll start sleeping for you!

  • Jodee Leader
    June 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Simply adorable!

  • katie
    June 9, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I actually like that the room is such a small space. It’s really just a quiet sanctuary. And the chair, oh the chair….heaven!

  • Manda
    June 9, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Very inspirational! Just love it!

  • Manda
    June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Oh and I agree with Katie – I love that the room is small.

  • Silly Megana
    June 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Simply lovely! I am glad to see that an overstuffed glider can look so amazing in such a delicate room! I have to wonder what you’ll do when Miss Eleanor gets older. The room seems very small, will it fit a bigger bed? What size was the daybed you used to have in there?

  • Jenni
    June 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    how beautiful! and that little alcove for playing in later is great. I had a space like that when i was little. It was this weird space in my closet that was about 3 feet up from the floor of the closet, because it was on top on another closet downstairs. And i spent as much time as i possibly good up there. it too was hot and stuffy but i didn’t care because it was just mine and no one else was allowed in there unless i said so. It was the best place in the world. Elanor will be so lucky to have a little place like that all to herself!

  • Emily
    June 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Pink done right! Go to sleep, baby Eleanor!

  • Amy Awesome
    June 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Oh, I love it!!

  • Melissa
    June 10, 2009 at 12:44 am

    What about that standing lamp behind the Target trumpet table? Where’d you find that? It’s so functionally cute.

  • kari S.
    June 10, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I just love how you decorate! You have a gift! Congrats on such a beautiful baby girl!

  • Kenziepoo
    June 10, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I love what you did in your Nursery! I would love to feature it sometime on my blog @ :)

  • Jessibee
    June 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

    So nice! I love that you went with the black crib. The room looks great!

  • Mateja
    June 10, 2009 at 2:55 am

    So beautiful!

  • Cupcake
    June 10, 2009 at 4:35 am

    That’s a glider?! WOW I want one, and my kid is 2!

    Gorgeous…as expected from you. Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration!

  • Sophie @ Century Finds
    June 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

    This is a lovely, calm room. And I can’t get over how perfect the dark colored crib looks in the space.

  • luuvely
    June 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

    super duper cute :)

  • Laurie
    June 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Its just beautiful. You did an amazing job in there!

  • Christina
    June 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    what a great use of space. it’s an adorable nursery.

  • Denise
    June 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Let’s keep “Rocking” the Vote for Nicole’s lovely porch today (Wednesday), Thursday & Friday while she rocks Eleanor in that fabulous glider!

  • Kim
    June 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful nursery.
    I see you are still in the lead….Keeping my fingers crossed! (and toes too!)

  • Nicole
    June 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

    What a precious room for a precious girl. I absolutely love your style. Can you tell me where the white floor lamp is from. I checked your previous post listing all of the resources but the floor lamp was not there. Thanks and congrats on a job well done!

  • Making it Lovely
    June 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Ah, I forgot to include the floor lamp. It’s the LERSTA from IKEA. I bought it a couple of years ago… it used to come in white.

  • April
    June 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

    It’s so beautiful!!!

  • Suzie
    June 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Alyssa
    June 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

    This is one of the cutest nursery’s I’ve ever seen! It’s pink without being to girly-girl – much like the rest of your house. Love the black Jenny Lind – white would have been too precious.

  • mikey
    June 10, 2009 at 10:13 am

    i love it! love all your little touches. 2 things. where is that rug from? i really like it, and the little table the flowers are on? love that too!!

  • mikey
    June 10, 2009 at 10:14 am

    duh! sorry went to previous post to find out where you got things!

  • Renee T.
    June 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

    What a darling room for a beautiful baby!

  • danielle
    June 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    her room turned out so sweet. i hope that you two are enjoying all your time together in it.

  • Michelle
    June 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Very lovely and perfectly fitting for a baby girl. Well done!

  • Sarah
    June 10, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I love it, very sweet! I really like the little pink suitcases. :-)

  • Kelsey
    June 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    A glider is indeed a great investment. When purchasing ours, my husband threw a fit about the price. I like to remind him that he has put 10 hours on a jet ski that cost $8,000 and I have put 1,000 hours on that chair that cost $400 :)

    The room is gorgeous! We are expecting #2 and our 3rd bedroom it little, but you did a great job on utilizing the space! Gives me hope!

  • desiree fawn
    June 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    so beautiful!

  • Molly
    June 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Wow! Your nursery is picture perfect! You were definitely meant to have a girl! :) Where did you find the flowers that are on the dresser? They look perfect in that garage sale find vase! Again, WOW!!!!

  • Molly W.
    June 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    D.A.R.L.I.N.G. Great nursery!

  • Georgia
    June 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    What a dream! Oh, what I would do for a such a beautiful nursery!

  • becky
    June 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    bravo. love it. inspired. thank you. bb

  • Brandie
    June 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Lovely, as always.

  • Heather in Washington State, USA
    June 11, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Here’s an idea for the little shelves with the spools and blocks. Cover it all with a piece of plexiglass (unbreakable) temporarily while Eleanor is between 6 months and 3 years. It will be a 3D picture for her to examine and enjoy. Attach the plexiglas in such a way that you can easily remove but securely replace it, and you can change up the display seasonally for Eleanor!

  • Tracy
    June 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Hi,Nicole! Nice to see your blog. I really love your blog theme. Could I know how to apply this kind of theme for my blog.
    Thanks in advance.

  • iLa
    June 11, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Very sweet!

  • Corinne
    June 11, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I’m in love with your nursery!! GOOD JOB!

    I’m going to be trying for a baby after my trip to Europe in 3 weeks and I’m been looking for ideas for the nursery for months. I love your glider and I’ve seen it before on toysrus but unfortunately I live in Canada and they won’t ship to us. We don’t have any nice gliders like you do in the US. :( Hopefully I can find something half as nice here.

  • Nuit
    June 11, 2009 at 9:35 am

    This nursery is amazing… The space is so wisely used, every single corner has been covered and I love that it can grow with Eleanor… Love it!

  • Pencils
    June 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

    It’s a lovely nursery, I adore the soft colors, so nice for a baby girl without being too sugary sweet. And I know what you mean about your glider, I use my upholstered rocking chair all the time, and end up sleeping a couple of hours in it several nights a week.

  • Tommy Bahama Bedding
    June 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Such a sweet room! I really love the mobile & the dresser :)

  • Jess
    June 11, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Ohhh, you’re taking me back to long afternoons of nursing son #1 in our glider, gazing out the window.

    Beautiful room! I love the sunken play area. Older homes have such great kid spaces!

  • audrey
    June 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I am surprised the window is so close to the with the hornets and all.

  • audrey
    June 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I meant to say that I am surprised that the window is so close to the crib with the hornets and all.

  • Making it Lovely
    June 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The window’s OK as long as we don’t OPEN it. With it closed, we just get to watch the scary hornets buzz around behind the glass.

    Heather, we may go with plexiglass for the little shelves – I figure we have a little time to decide still.

    And Kelsey, I like your logic. ;)

  • Amanda
    June 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    love it. its perfect. congrats.

  • sara
    June 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I have a four year old Eleanor who would love that room as well!

  • Dana
    June 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Nicole I came across your blog at Frankly speaking the color pink attracted my attention to check out your blog and I realized you did a superb job in utilizing multi-purpose furniture in small space.

  • Bonnie
    June 12, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Beautiful nursery for a beautiful baby!

  • Victoria Williams
    June 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I love your nursery, especiall the window treatments. What kind of fabric is that? Oh, and pink and brown are my favorite

  • Victoria Williams
    June 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Sorry I accidentally put the wrond blog URL on the one before. I love your nursery, especiall the window treatments. What kind of fabric is that? Oh, and pink and brown are my favorite

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